Tuesday, May 12, 2015
My Full, Frank, and Totally Sober Defence of Elizabeth May
I didn't think I'd have to ride to the defence of Elizabeth May again. I thought one post was enough.
But since she has been mercilessly pilloried, and some are actually suggesting she should resign.
And you know how I hate bullies.
I thought I better write another one, and restate the obvious.
(1) When May said Omar Khadr had more class than the whole Con cabinet she WAS speaking truth to power. And it's a view shared by millions of Canadians all over the country.
(2) If somebody is shocked, shocked I tell you, by the use of the F-word, they should shut their ears, or get a life.
(3) If you fly to BC and back in one day, and you're both sick and tired, even two glasses of wine can be fatal...
I know because I don't drink, I never have, I just don't like the taste.
And when occasionally my wicked friends fool me into consuming a similar amount of alcohol, in one toast after the other, or disguised in a delicious fruity sangria, I too pay a heavy price.
Having been known to dance on a table and burst into song. Before being forced to stagger to the nearest toilet and barf. Or pass out and have to be carried home on the shoulders of my companion, like a sack of potatoes.
Thus proving the ominous warning of my Scottish granny who used to declare that "those who start drinking late are the WORRRRRRST."
In short: anyone can make a fool out of themselves after having a little too much to drink. It's not a character flaw, it's just part of being human.
(4) Boozing can lead to all kinds of embarrassing incidents, just ask Stephen Harper.
An 18-year-old girl was rushed to hospital in the wee hours of Sunday morning with suspected alcohol poisoning after a party at 24 Sussex Drive, the official residence of the prime minister and his family.
The Prime Minister's Office refused to say whether alcohol was served at 24 Sussex or whether there was any booze at Ben's birthday party.
Who better not gloat at May's embarrassment, because if the booze hounds in the MSM had followed their noses, or followed up that story, he might be out of office today. Or in prison.
For among his many other crimes, setting such a bad example to our precious youth...
Or being such a hypocrite.
(5) If you think you can wing a comedic performance, instead of using a script and practicing in front of a mirror until it looks spontaneous, you ARE going to get into trouble. Especially if you've had a few drinks.
(6) Elizabeth May is not the only leader to embarrass herself or himself at a Press Gallery dinner.
As Rick Mercer tells us in this 2007 video...
Which also unfortunately proves that even Rick Mercer can be horribly wrong.
(7) While the history of the Press Gallery dinner does tell me that if William Lyon Mackenzie King could make a fool out of himself by dancing on a table I can too.
Or ANYBODY can ...
That dinner strikes me as an anachronism. A throwback to a time when the good ol' boys threw themselves a stag party every year. Seeing the media playing footsie with those they cover has always made me uncomfortable.
And seeing those partying in that manner with a Con regime that is strangling our country makes me want to vomit.
So if it can't be scrapped, could they at least dispense with the leader's speeches, and hire some professional entertainment.
More suitable for the times and the Harperland we live in....
As for the rest of us, let's just stay calm and carry on.
Elizabeth May is still a good person, still a good leader.
And still a great Canadian...
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